I need a new computer before D3 comes out. My current one is a toaster with keys. The only games I really plan on playing are Diablo and minecraft, so if anyone could give me an idea of a decent priced computer (desktop) that will give me good D3 playability, I'd give you so many beta keys.
You could also just go to some computer sites like tigerdirect.com where they have a section entitled Barebone Kits, where you can pretty much find the main parts you need for a computer, and the barebone collections are pretty cheap, and are pretty decent hardware for the price. This is probably your best bet for a pre-built computer without it actually being built. If you want an already built computer, i'm sure someone else can give you some good suggestions. All i honestly would suggest is just sites like newegg and tigerdirect. Just go on there and search for a pre-built computer that fits your price range. You can then post the one you like the most on here, and we can let you know if it's decent or worth it. Also, the reviews can probably give you a pretty good understanding anyways =)
hey man I just bought a very nice computer off of ebay, just type in gaming computer and a black comp with blue led's in it pops up. Very nice computer and very reliable source. I bought mine for 450.00 and it exceeds D3 specs. Very fast, very nice, and very cool looking as well. hope this helps man.
We'll would you rather a custom build or a pre made?
I've never built my own before, so I'm a little precarious about going that route, but everything I've ever read says custom and building your own is the far better deal.
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If you're willing to do some research and are good with your hands, building your own is the definitely the most cost effective and rewarding way to go. Do not skip the research part though or you risk getting components which don't work together (it's a good idea to post links to them all on a forum so people can tell you if you need to change anything) and/or damaging them during assembly. Whether you go the diy route or buy a pre-built system, here's where I'd start.
Forget the minimum specs as even the recommended specs for both D3 and Minecraft are relatively low. Get a CPU with 2-4 cores that run at 2.6 Ghz or better. Aim for 8 Gb of DDR3 RAM (preferably a 2-stick kit of 4Gb each to leave room to upgrade to 16 Gb when the price inevitably drops even lower, though 16 Gb is way overkill for current software).
Make sure you get a video card that's meant for gaming. It doesn't have to be top-of-the-line, but it shouldn't be for offices. If you buy a pre-built system without a video card, you *might* be able to add one, but it really depends on there being enough unused wattage on the power supply and most pre-built systems tend to cheap out on the PSU (which is a bad idea imho -- you should probably spend at least $60 on a PSU for a gaming machine and that's if you get a very good deal).
Unless you plan to overclock, just make sure your motherboard has any particular features you want (IE USB 3.0 if you want that, extra power through USB to charge your ipod faster, etc.) and you should be able to get a good one for $60ish. You should also be fine with a cheap case (again, if you want certain features like front USB 3.0 ports, that's where you should focus, but otherwise just go cheap) and you should be fine with the heatsink that comes with the CPU so long as you don't buy a bare CPU without one. If you do plan to overclock, that's a whole ball of wax that you'll need to do your own research on, but definitely ignore this paragraph in that case.
Other than that, if you want amazing loading times you can look into an SSD boot drive (a 60 GB should be plenty for Windows 7 + Diablo 3 + Minecraft, but you'll still probably want a regular hard drive for general storage), but they take some research and effort to set up properly.
There's tons of good info on tomshardware.com about just about everything you might ever want to know about PC's and how to build them. As far as where to buy stuff, I'd recommend newegg.com as they tend to have extremely competitive prices and solid customer service.
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I just built my first computer a couple of months ago, only spent around $700 on it. I went through a site in Canada called NCIX, very similar to Newegg. I researched all of the parts I wanted and then bought them slowly over a few months by waiting until they went on sale. I got some of my parts for 60 percent off normal price in this way, and saved a ton of cash. My gaming rig is definitely on the high end of mid range and should be able to run any games for the next few years. The site I used has a feature called a compatibility checker to tell you if all of your parts will work together although I made sure to research on my own just in case.